Topic Archives: Coronavirus

April 1, 2020Coronavirus, Small Business

Treasury Department Issues Guidance (and Application) for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

On Tuesday afternoon, the Treasury Department released its guidance concerning the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was authorized by Congress under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Under the PPP, qualified small businesses, eligible non‑profits, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors may apply for loans to cover payroll costs, rent, and utilities.  Some ...›

March 30, 2020Coronavirus

The Sovereign Acts Doctrine: Understanding COVID-19 Implications For Your Government Contract

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced significant uncertainty for government contractors as agencies prepare for substantial disruptions, including the potential closure of military installations.  See e.g., Department of the Army COVID-19 Response Letter; Department of Defense COVID-19 Planning Memo (Mar. 10, 2020).  Given the potential impacts the pandemic may have on ongoing contracting activities, we have ...›

March 30, 2020Coronavirus, Small Business

CARES SBA Loan Eligibility and Process

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES” or “the Act”) allows certain eligible companies and individuals to obtain loans of up to $10 million or 2.5 times the average monthly payroll costs over the last year, whichever is less, from the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). Although the necessary forms and processes are not ...›

March 27, 2020Coronavirus

Contractor Relief Unclear Under the CARES Act

On Wednesday, the Senate passed a $2 trillion relief package – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act – intended to relieve some of the worst economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  In addition to sweeping relief measures for individuals and state and local governments, the bill provides significant measures for businesses ...›

March 25, 2020Coronavirus

Federal Antitrust Agencies Encourage Appropriate Competitor Collaboration to Address the COVID-19 Crisis

The U.S. antitrust agencies – the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – have recognized a need for “unprecedented cooperation between federal, state, and local governments and among private businesses to protect Americans’ health and safety” during the COVID-19 crisis. To facilitate this necessary cooperation and clear the antitrust path ...›

March 24, 2020Coronavirus, Labor/Employment

Practical Considerations for Requiring Employees to Report to Work in Light of COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Orders

As the number of reported cases of COVID-19 continues to increase dramatically, several states, including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Louisiana, have issued public health orders requiring over one-fourth of Americans to stay at home.  More states are likely to follow.  While these orders generally require non-essential businesses, such ...›

March 24, 2020Coronavirus

A Summary of the Defense Production Act

Last week, the President announced that he was invoking a Cold War-era law called the Defense Production Act (DPA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 4501 et seq., to ensure the Nation is able to acquire the “health and medical resources needed to respond to the spread of COVID-19, including personal protective equipment and ventilators.”  While some authorities ...›

Cyber Preparedness for Government Contractors: Opportunistic Hackers and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted operations across the globe as government agencies and corporations grapple with the implications of remote work, workforce and workplace limitations, and employee health and safety.  But while this worldwide crisis has introduced new complexities and challenges, it also has presented an opportunity for hackers seeking to capitalize on the pandemic ...›